Exercise science is the study of physiological and functional adaptations to movement. The undergraduate exercise science program is a science-oriented curriculum that provides a broad background for students planning to further their education at the graduate level. Students complete specified course work within physical education as well as a thorough curriculum in areas such as anatomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics, statistics, physiology, and psychology culminating with a practical hands-on internship experience.
The program offers students an excellent preparation for graduate studies in exercise science and graduate-level education in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, and other related health fields.
The fitness management and personal training major prepares students for careers in the fitness and wellness industries. The undergraduate fitness management and personal training program is a combination of general and core coursework as well as a field internship experience that prepares students for a variety of careers and work environments in the fitness industry. In addition, students are provided with the theory and practical training skills needed to be eligible to sit for professional fitness certifications from national organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Students who graduate in this track become successful teachers of physical education with an all-grade (P-12) license in Indiana. The program meets all standards of the Indiana Department of Education and is founded on the guidelines of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. It integrates content courses in physical education with courses in teaching methods. Graduates make a valuable contribution by promoting healthy lifestyles and physical activity in Indiana schools.
The business side of the multibillion-dollar sport industry provides numerous job opportunities to students who pursue this concentration. The curriculum includes classes from a variety of disciplines, a minor or certificate in business, and culminates with an internship program designed to give the student hands-on experience in the field. The internship program takes advantage of IUPUI’s unique location in the “Amateur Sports Capital of the World”, the home of five professional sports franchises, and one of the world’s most famous racetracks.
Students must pursue the business minor or business certificate in conjunction with sport management courses to earn their degree.